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Seems Like a Bad Idea…

Orion Entertainment is looking for a few, heavily-armed preppers for a new reality show.

The new show would showcase preppers who are stockpiling weapons and “…their chilling motivations…”  Orion wants viewers to be “…wowwed by the collection” of guns, knives, NVG and other armament owned by the prepper.

I obviously believe that guns should be a part of anyone’s disaster preparations.  But, I do not believe that guns should be the focal point of anyone’s preps.  In my mind, prepping should be balanced, seeking to address the most likely needs first and building out from there.  Guns and ammo are important: just not the main focus.

It seems to me that this new show will not help the prepping movement at all.  People who are seriously trying to prepare for any kind of disruption probably won’t learn anything from the show, while anyone who is not prepping will likely be turned off from the concept after being show that preppers are just “survivalist nuts” looking for World War III.

I haven’t seen any of Orion’s other work, but they do seem to offer good programing such as Grateful Nation (hunting afield with disabled vets) and Don’t Be a Victim (hosted by Gerald McRaney).  I hope this new prepping series doesn’t end up being what I fear it might.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

One reply on “Seems Like a Bad Idea…”

I agree that this is a bad idea. This show surely doesn’t sound like a show intended to describe what “preppers” are doing in their preparations. Rather it sounds like a show that is meant to mock the legitimate actions of people who want to be prepared for disruptions in normal services.

Looking for heavily armed “preppers” to expose “their chilling motivations” pretty much sounds like an anti-gun show to me. It would be interesting to see who the producers, directors, and maybe more importantly who are funding this show really are.

I believe its the National Geographic Channel that has a similar show idea, but it seems to be a little more balanced. Some of “preppers” don’t even have guns. Another show actually rates the “preppers” at the end of the segment to give them suggestions on how to strengthen their efforts and balance their approach. These shows have been fairly interesting. The Orion show won’t get my attention.

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